- November 3, 2018
- 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- High Peak Junction Car Park, Lea Bridge, Derbyshire DE4 5AA
Leawood Pump House not steaming this weekend
Update as of 02.11.2018:
Leawood Pump House is now having major surgery- its 170 year old roof is being extensively repaired due to rot in its timbers. We are still going to open this weekend, but we won’t be able to steam. You can still come and look around the lower level of the engine and the boiler house, and volunteers will be keen to tell you about the pumping engine and its history.
Leawood Pump House is one of only two working beam pump engines left in the country doing its original job. It first started work in 1849, lifting water from the river Derwent to the Cromford Canal. Its massive machinery lifts no less than four tons of water with each stroke. It is now maintained and operated by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who will be keen to tell you all about its history. You can reach this historic structure by walking down the High Peak Trail to its junction with the Cromford Canal. The Pump House is a short distance further down the canal, or you can walk for about a mile along the canal from Cromford Wharf to reach it. There are galleries within the structure wher you can watch the machine in motion.
You can have a preview of your visit by watching this short video here: https://vimeo.com/144336519 To find out when other open days are, click here.
To experience the excitement of seeing this beautiful machine in operation, come along to enjoy the highlight of a great day out!